Larry Leifer

Larry Leifer
Mechanical Engineering, Stanford Center for Design Research (CDR) and
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (
Presentation: Surprise and Delight: Design-Thinking In Creative Practice And Theory

Larry Leifer is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design and founding Director of the Center for Design Research (CDR) at Stanford University. A member of the Stanford faculty since 1976, he teaches a master's course in "Team-Based Product Design Innovation with Corporate Partners," a thesis seminar, "Design Theory and Methodology Forum," and a freshman seminar "Designing the Human Experience." Design thinking research projects include: 1) creating collaborative design engineering environments for globally distributed product innovation teams; 2) instrumentation of that environment for design knowledge capture, indexing, reuse and performance assessment; and 3), design-for-wellbeing as socially responsible design-thinking. Sustaining attention to the Stanford Design Institute ( is his top priority this year.